According to Reports, Herdsmen are said to be establishing camps in various places in Ekiti State, notably in Government Forest Reserves, where they engage in some kind of military training, according to a report prepared by a committee raised by Ekiti Council of Elders (ECE).
Some of the activities of the Herdsmen include armed robbery and kidnapping on the highways within the state and in neighbouring states. These bandits are capable of moving rapidly from their venues of operation to their hideouts and even other camps outside the state as the case may require.
The police said they are not aware of any such military training. The eight-member committee on Land Usages by Non-indigenes in Ekiti State had been put in place in March 2019 by ECE to investigate the influx of non-indigenes into the state.
According to Vanguard, The committee report, dated November 2019, was discussed at the January 2020 meeting of ECE where Yoruba leader, Prof. Banji Akintoye, said it should be made available to all South-West governors amid the raging battle to legalise Amotekun, the outfit raised by the governors to combat insecurity challenge in the region.
Akintoye insisted that Amòt’kun had come to stay and commended the Yoruba governors “for the good work”.
In many places, where herdsmen have successfully dislodged indigenes from their farmlands, these herdsmen are reportedly exploiting and selling of produce.